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Overview

Introduction to Florence, Oregon

Florence, Oregon, in Lane county, is 50 miles W of Eugene, Oregon and 127 miles SW of Portland, Oregon. The city is in the Eugene-Springfield area. There are 7,263 residents in Florence.

Florence History

Some believe that the city was named in honor of A.B. Florence, who was a State Senator of Oregon. However, others believe that it was named after a French vessel that wrecked near the mouth of the local river. This area was originally inhabited by Siuslaw Native Americans. The city was incorporated in 1893.

Florence and nearby Attractions

  • Benton County Historical Museum
  • Coos Historical and Maritime Museum
  • Ada County Park
  • Jessie M Honeyman Memorial State Park
  • Carl G Washburne Memorial State Park

Things To Do In Florence

The Carl G Washburne Memorial State Park, the Munsel Creek County Park and the Jessie M Honeyman Memorial State Park offer facilities for various different types of recreation. Tourists can also visit the museums like the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum, the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum and the Benton County Historical Museum. Barrette Lake provides boating and fishing facilities.

Florence Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available from Southwest Oregon Regional Airport.

Florence Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Lane Community College, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.

People

Total Population 8,545
Male Share of the Population 45.3%
Female Share of the Population 54.7%
Senior Citizens 39.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,628
Age of the Population 60

Families

% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $46,114
% Above Poverty Level 85.8%
% Below Poverty Level 14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 10.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.5%
Median Gross Rent $788
Median House Value $175,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 17.2%
Irish 15.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Florence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 50 miles W of Eugene, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 127 miles SW of Portland, Oregon
County Lane
Metro Area Eugene - Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 97439
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.982
Longitude -124.098

Florence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HONEYMAN STATE PARK
Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 51 F
Apr Temp 41 to 59 F
Jul Temp 50 to 69 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 73 inches
Station TIDEWATER 2 SW
Distance 30 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 50 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 52 to 74 F
Oct Temp 45 to 67 F
Annual Precip 91.6 inches
Station DRAIN
Distance 44 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 49 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 50 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Reedsport 4,111 $38,516
Yachats 658 $57,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Florence Public Libraries

Library
Siuslaw Public Library District
1460 9TH STREET
Florence, Oregon
(541) 997-3132

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Florence Hospitals

PEACE HARBOR HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
400 9TH STREET
(541) 997-8412
Emergency Service: Yes

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Florence High Schools

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SIUSLAW HIGH SCHOOL
2975 OAK ST
541-997-3448
Serves 550 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

OCEAN DUNES HIGH SCHOOL
4859 S JETTY RD
541-997-2076
A Non-traditional School
Serves 18 students.

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